India’s national airline has announced it’s shifting flights from Dubai International Airport to Sharjah.
Air India has announced some of its routes will fly out of Sharjah Airport while renovation works go on at DXB. Air India Express, the flagship airline’s low-budget option, has also announced changes in some flights.
Work on DXB’s southern runway is expected to begin on 16th April and run until 30th April. The brief closure will affect air travel in and out of the emirate while approximately 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000 square metres of concrete are used to strengthen and resurface the runway and adjacent taxiways.
Air India flights that will operate out of Sharjah
- Daily flights from Mumbai (AI 983) and Chennai (AI 906)
- Daily flights in the route Visakhapatnam/Hyderabad/Dubai/Hyderabad/Visakhapatnam (AI 951/952)
- Bengaluru/Goa/Dubai/Goa/Bengaluru flights on Thursday and Sunday (AI 993/994)
Air India Express flights moving to Sharjah
- Daily flights from and to Mangalore (IX 813/814 and IX 383/384)
- Sunday flights IX 141/142 to Delhi
- Flight IX 435/434 to Kochi on Sunday
Most passenger flights on the following airlines are being rerouted through Dubai World Central (DWC) airport near Jebel Ali – Flydubai; Wizz Air; Aeroflot; Condor; Air India; Air India Express; Indigo; SpiceJet; Gulf Air; Royal Jordanian; Himalaya Airlines; Ukraine International Airlines; Nepal Airlines; Kuwait Airways; Salam Air; Mahan Air; Flynas and Azur Air.
To minimise disruption at DWC, which is 65 kilometres away from DXB, the Roads and Transport Authority is rolling out temporary bus routes and a dedicated fleet of taxis. Dubai Taxi Corporation is also slashing rates for passengers arriving through Dubai’s other airport. Flag down rates will fall by 75 per cent from 16th April-30th May, so fares will start from AED 5, rather than AED 20.
If you are flying between the 16th April and 30th May 2019, make sure you check your itinerary thoroughly. Confirm flights directly with your airline.